Energy Preview: Global Crude Oil Prices To Average $65 This Year

Global Crude oil prices are forecast to average $ 65 a barrel over 2018, up from an average of $ 53 a barrel in 2017, on strong demand from consumers and restraint by oil producers, the World Bank said in a latest update. Although prices are projected to decline from April 2018 levels, they should be supported by continued production restraint by OPEC and non-OPEC producers and strong demand. Upside risks to the forecast include constraints to U.S. shale oil output, geopolitical risks in several producing countries, and concerns the United States may not waive sanctions against Iran. Downside risks include weaker compliance with the oil producers agreement to restrain output or outright termination of the accord, rising output from Libya and Nigeria, and a quicker-than-expected rise in shale oil output.